Carp and Babe


Carp and Babe
May 29, 2016
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Donald Trump; Tiny Dancer

“But that’s not all the 54-year-old Sheehan – Orlando’s first out gay elected commissioner – had to deal with at Orlando’s cemetery. She has had to put up construction fencing all around the plot of land, and organise a human chain from within the LGBT community to encircle the grave at each funeral. That way, they’ll be able to keep at bay the vile homophobic group the Westboro Baptist Church, which is certain to turn up and picket bearing placards proclaiming ‘God Hates Fags’.”
Orlando’s first out gay elected official: ‘We’ve been dealing with hatred forever’, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, June 17, 2017

“Since taking over the majority in 2011, House Republicans have intensified their efforts to give away natural resources owned by the American people to a few special interests. From threatened and endangered wildlife to mineral resources to fisheries, Republicans have attempted to shift control and decision-making authority from federal agency stewards to states and localities – even those with a track record of short-sighted or irresponsible management.”
The Republican crusade against public land must end, by Raul M. Grijalva, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

“I spent five hours at the Donald Trump rally in Sacramento, California, on 1 June. I spoke to and overheard dozens of the rally’s attendees, not as a journalist but as one ticketholder to another – I was dressed in jeans, workboots and wore a Nascar hat – and found every last one of the attendees to be genial, polite and, with a few notable exceptions, their opinions to be within the realm of reasonable. The rally was as peaceful and patriotic as a Fourth of July picnic.

“And yet I came away with a host of new questions and concerns. Among them: why is it that the song Trump’s campaign uses to mark his arrival and departure is Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer?’ Is it more troubling, or less troubling, knowing that no one in the audience really cares what he says? And could it be that because Trump’s supporters are not all drawn from the lunatic fringe, but in fact represent a broad cross-section of regular people, and far more women than would seem possible or rational, that he could actually win?”
‘Could he actually win?’ Dave Eggers at a Donald Trump rally, by Dave Eggers, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

Dave, we’ll have the deprogrammers there in a couple of hours. Just hold on, Dave, hold on. Did anyone give you an open drink, or a drink in a glass? We’ll need to know what kind of tox screen to run when the team gets there.

“But, as Trump has taken hits for his attacks on a federal judge over his Mexican heritage and a controversial response to last weekend’s Orlando terror attacks, his poll numbers have taken a nosedive. At 38.3%, Trump’s average support in a one-on-one matchup against Clinton is the lowest it’s been since August 15 – just two months after he launched his campaign last year.”
Polls: Donald Trump collapses, by Canmua, June 17, 2016

Don’t relax. It’s only June. However, I do wonder what the 3-way race would be like: Hillary, Trump, and someone the RNC thinks could be disruptive enough to win. Trump was saying he’ll “go it alone” earlier this week, maybe that’s changed.

“Artist Spencer Tunick put out a call last month asking for women to protest Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this summer. The caveat? They would be protesting completely nude, as part of a performance art installation masterminded by Tunick.”
More Than 1,500 Women Want to Protest Donald Trump By Posing Nude, by Jessie Van Amburg, Time, June 17, 2016

Be careful what you wish for, boys.

“The future of the party and the country much more closely resembles Bernie Sanders’ vision than the pundits are willing to acknowledge. The generation of young voters that grew up with the cynicism of the Bush White House and the economic struggles of the Great Recession could easily have rejected politics. Bernie’s campaign empowered them, and millions of other Americans of all ages, to demand a more responsive political system and an economy that rewards hard work instead of a large bank account.”
Has Bernie Sanders changed American politics? Reviewing a ‘political revolution’, by Jeffrey W Rubin, Raúl M Grijalva, Keli Goff, Kim Phillips-Fein, Matt Laslo, Barrett Holmes Pitner, Barbara Lee, and Maria Cardona, The Guardian, Friday 17 June 2016

Hear, hear!

“We’re likely to hear a lot this election season about experience. Trump has no experience governing or serving in elected office. Hillary Clinton has a lot. But it’s less clear how experience factors into presidential success, both electoral and governing: Were our most successful and beloved presidents the ones who spent years honing their skills in national government?”
Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience, by Julia Azari, 538, June 15, 2016

Trigger warning: Nixon. This is a dumb article, but it’s an election year, so it’s kind of interesting. Not having Ronald Reagan and GW Bush tied for worst POTUS on the list completely invalidates this study. Especially putting R Reagan above JFK, LBJ (civil rights, okay?), and Bill Clinton? Jesus, what drugs where you on when you made this list? I don’t think the Founding Fathers count in this poll, so they’re out. All the generals should also be out because to even get to be a general requires leadership skills which can be applied to being POTUS. Except US Grant; I think he used up all his POTUS mojo in the Civil War. Trump’s lack of POTUS qualifications goes way far beyond legislative experience. He’s a disaster; he’s always been a disaster, but one confined to his own little hellish circle. He’d be an international disaster as POTUS. Nice clickbait, Nate, thanks. And it you really don’t think this is clickbait (hey, it got me), could you please check your office vents for a gas leak that causing your group to publish such suspect stuff? History and I will thank you.

“The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday was the worst mass shooting in American history and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11. Through another lens, however, it was not an outlier. The gunman’s choice of target, a gay club, makes him just one of many to commit hate crimes against gay Americans. Although the magnitude and violence of the attack was unusual, the targeting of LGBT Americans is sadly common.”
Hate Crimes Against LGBT People Are Sadly Common, by Ella Koeze, 538, June 14, 2016

Trigger warning: depressing charts.

“‘I misspoke,’ he said. ‘I did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself.’ The statement failed to explain how a president could make a decision yet not be personally responsible for the same decision.

“Perhaps McCain isn’t really responsible for his own comments either. In which case, this column should be read solely as a commentary on McCain’s mouth, rather than on McCain’s brain.”
John McCain blamed Obama for the Orlando shooting. That’s some pretzel logic, by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

You mean what’s left of McCain’s brain. McCain’s just still mad because he and wazzername lost in 2008, thanks be to a merciful God. Just ignore him.

Is it November yet?

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Boy in Arches


Boy in Arches
May 29, 2016
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Failed Casino Capitalist

“But even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen.”
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions, by Russ Beuttner and Charles V. Baglijune, NY Times, June 11, 2016

Let’s not bet the country on Trump.

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America isn’t great? Since when?

“‘Donald Trump chose racism as his weapon, but his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the Republicans,’ Warren said. ‘Pound the courts into submission to the rich and powerful.'”
Elizabeth Warren labels Donald Trump ‘nasty, thin-skinned fraud’ in speech, by John R. Ellement, Boston Globe, June 9, 2016

I like E Warren, but I hope to God H Clinton doesn’t put her on the ticket. E Warren doesn’t have the people skills to be there. Leave her in Congress, put her on the Cabinet, but not on the ticket. What about Bernie? B Sanders would make a great veep.

“The former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said he will consider voting for the Libertarian party in the presidential election instead of Donald Trump, in a stark example of how far the GOP establishment is from accepting the billionaire leading its bid for the White House.”
Mitt Romney may vote Libertarian, as GOP criticism of Trump deepens, by Nicky Woolf, The Guardian, June 9, 2016

Tentatively good for you, Mitt, for considering possibly maybe not voting for Trump. If that’s the best you can do under these circumstances, then I commend you as well as I can under these circumstances. Yeah.

“A reporter for NBC indicates that inside sources in the Trump campaign express frustration that they just can’t get Trump to shut up! Every time he opens his mouth he seems to reveal what a bigot he is. At a time when white children 5 and under, are the minority in America, it seems that the Donald Trump would realize that offending the majority of voters in America isn’t a good idea.”
The Biggest Hurdle to Donald Trump Campaign is Donald Trump, by Malia Litman, June 10, 2016

What’s the problem? Them’s that’s decided to vote for Trump aren’t going to change their minds (even if they could) unless he starts spouting peace, love and justice (whaddya think the chances of that are, eh?) so who cares what Trump says? This has been a polarized election from the gitgo. Hillary voters are voting for Hillary, Trump voters are voting for Trump. We can only hope more Hillary voters will vote than Trump voters in the big electoral college states (yeah, don’t forget the electoral college; 2000 wasn’t that long ago). Bernie voters will do the right thing; I feel sure of it in my soul. And everyone else — nonvoters, indy voters, whatnot voters — will just to live with whichever of the Big Two parties wins, which is all the nonwinning side has ever done. No one likes to lose, but we manage to keep our civil society (mostly) when we do. If we can learn anything from this wacky election, let it be that we need more than two viable political choices in this country. Maybe we need more than one country. Is that sedition? I wonder. Maybe, but it might also be the best future.

“Donald J. Trump tried out several lines of attack against Hillary Clinton, at one point calling her ‘unfit to be president,’ as he delivered an otherwise noticeably restrained speech to an audience of evangelical activists here Friday.”
Donald Trump, Courting Evangelicals, Faults Hillary Clinton’s Policies and Character, by Ashley Parker, NY Times, June 10, 2016

“Unfit to be President,” says the man who’s never held elected office, a government position, or a law license (or even a job outside of his inherited wealth) of the considerably more qualified and experienced woman who, if there’s a God, will be our first Madam President (and it’s about damn time, too).

“In her day job, Ms. Warren cuts an imperious swath through the Capitol, striding down hallways, her jewel-toned jacket swaying behind her, refusing to speak to or even make eye contact with reporters. Small talk with elevator operators and other staff? Not her style. And the Democrat from Massachusetts is rarely front and center pushing major legislation.”
Elizabeth Warren Endorses Clinton and Goes Taunt-for-Taunt With Trump, by Jennifer Steinhauer, NY Times, June 9, 2016

Nope, not veep material, thank you very much. Next! Get someone who’s good with people and knows how to handle the press (because the press, like the poor, are always with us). I mean, can you see E Warren doing what J Biden does, even as oddly as he does it? I mean, really.

“One big reason Trump is trailing — by an average of 4 to 6 percentage points, depending on which aggregator you use — is because, despite all the bluster, he isn’t doing any better than Romney did among white voters. According to Cohn’s estimate, based on pre-election surveys, Romney beat President Obama by 17 percentage points among white voters. To win, Trump would need to improve on Romney’s margin by a minimum of 5 percentage points if the electorate looked exactly the same as it did in 2012 and every other racial group voted in the same manner as it did in 2012.”
Trump Isn’t Winning Enough White Voters, by Harry Enten, 538, June 10, 2016

Good.

“In January of 1937, the Gallup Poll, then in its second year of existence, posed this question: ‘Would you vote for a woman for president if she was qualified in every other respect?’ Sixty-four percent of Americans said no, 33 percent said yes, and 3 percent had no opinion on the matter.”
From 1937 To Hillary Clinton, How Americans Have Felt About A Woman President, by Clare Malone, 538, June 9, 2016

Thank God it’s the 21st Century!

“But Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk’s reversal in the wake of Trump’s remarks against Judge Gonzalo Curiel may signal that some of the support Trump has received is still fragile. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on other Republicans to unendorse Trump. And dozens of other prominent elected Republicans are holding out on their party’s presumptive nominee.”
What Makes A GOP Leader Resist Trump?, by Daniel Nichanian, 538, June 8, 2016

Are there more Republicans like Mark Kirk? Anywhere? Anyone? Please?

“Engaging with Trump is like rubbernecking a car crash. But sadly, and this is the truth about the effects of any collapse of fundamental fantasies, the car crash is not in the future, but in the past. We are an empire already in a moment of decline, and many have noted that Trump is the first presidential candidate in history to run a campaign that speaks to this: Make America Great Again.”
Donald Trump: the modern-day Nero ready to burn down America?, by Jamieson Webster, The Guardian, June 10, 2016 (Classicists must be loving this election, especially when it’s not their country thrashing around. Oh, wait, he wrote ‘us’ I guess he’s American. Huh.)

Y’know, I strongly suspect D Trump’s reasons for thinking American isn’t as great as it could be are VERY different from my reasons for thinking America isn’t as great as it could be. But, in truth, America is always great and not great in different ways at different times. That’s what makes it, y’know, America. Our American Yin and American Yang ever striving to be greater. And isn’t striving to be great the thing that makes the greatest great? Or something. I suspect D Trump doesn’t understand that. I mean, when was America just great? We’re more of a journey to greatness, which makes us great in progress. Once we stop that journey, I don’t know what happens. Perhaps we decline and eventually vanish, like Rome. But who knows? America is many things, but mostly it’s like nothing else now or ever. So who the hell knows what’s going to happen? And speaking of Rome, if Nero were alive today, I’d suggest he sue for libel.

“Donald Trump is not really exceptional among current Republican presidential candidates. He is the one with the brightest plumage, of course, and the one who has had long experience at cultivating celebrity. If Trump seems strangely incapable of consistency except in the matter of walling out and deporting immigrants, somber Ted Cruz is lurking nearby to alarm us with his ideological purity. If Trump is his own invention, there is Rubio, the polished creature of hired advisors and their moment-to-moment calculations.

“The only satisfaction to be found in a Trump win lies in the fact that the others have lost, and lost badly. On the other hand, Trump’s bluster distracts attention from the others’ stated positions, so if one of his competitors manages finally to make the case, to the public or the party, that he is least objectionable, the claim might well be groundless.”
Trump: the great orange-haired Unintended Consequence, by Marilynn Robinson, The Guaridan, March 10, 2016 (Yes, and old story, but a good one.)

Gah. How long have we been at “least objectionable candidate” instead of “best person for the job” in American politics? Did I nod off and this happened?

“When Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, she unleashed a torrent of “first woman” commentary. If challenger Bernie Sanders ever backs down, she will be crowned the first female presidential nominee of a major US political party. If she wins in November, she will be the first female president in this nation’s 240-year history.”
Women who ran before Hillary Clinton: ‘I cannot vote, but I can be voted for’, by Maria L. La Ganga, The Guardian, June 8, 2016

Yeah, we have indeed come a long way, baby. And no going back either. Isn’t it great!?!

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ZitsTrot convergence

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It’s always so odd when this happens.

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Boy and Bridges


Boy and Bridges
May 29, 2016
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Hacked or Trumped with? You decide

‘”Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard!!’ an electronic road sign was informing motorists around Dallas as of Tuesday (5/31/2016).”
Hacked road sign dubs Donald Trump a “shape-shifting lizard”, by Lisa Vaas, Naked Security, June 2, 2016

Amusing, but explains very little. And in Dallas of all places, hm.

“You can dance around the question of whether Donald Trump’s ‘he’s a Mexican’ criticism of federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana, is technically ‘racist.’ There no such race as Mexican, after all, and the citizenry of Mexico ranges from blue-eyed blonds to those with dark skin and jet-black hair.

“But what’s clear about Trump’s argument, and what is deeply un-American about it, is its essentialism. Trump is saying that because of who you are, in an ethnic or hereditary sense, he will make judgments about what you think and what role in society you can play. The related assumption, as Garrett Epps explains to irrebuttable effect, is that people’s public roles cannot be separated from their ethnic or religious identities. A ‘Mexican’ judge will think and act as a Mexican, not as a judge.

“There is no more un-American concept.”
The Un-American Essentialism of Donald Trump, by James Fallows, The Atlantic, June 6, 2016

And this, among other reasons, is why D Trump must fade from public life as soon as possible. [photo trigger warning on that link – really]

“An even more daunting estimate, from UCLA researchers, finds that if Mr Trump wins the same percentage of the white vote that Mr Romney did (59%) he would have to carry 47% of the Hispanic vote – a number only George W Bush in 2004 approached.

“If the party were to thrive, Republican National Committee analysts wrote in their 2012 post-mortem, they would have to find a way to make their party more welcoming to minority voters – particularly Hispanics. Immigration reform should be a priority. Outreach efforts must be improved. Off-putting rhetoric should be adjusted.

“Instead the party nominated Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump’s Hispanic voter ‘doomsday’, by Anthony Zurcher, BBC, June 6, 2016

This should make Trump unelectable… but I still feel very nervous.

“So, does that mean Pouncey would take a stab at diagnosing Donald Trump? She declined the opportunity, saying instead that Trump behaves so extremely that he makes her uncomfortable as a person.”
Psychiatrists Can’t Tell Us What They Think About Trump, by Maggie Koerth-Baker, 538, June 6, 2016

“In your guts, you know he’s nuts.” Meh, I’m not sure Trump is insane; that would be too easy. Still, nevertheless, he shouldn’t be POTUS, because whatever he is, he shouldn’t be Commander in Chief (now that would be insane).

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Unlady-like behavior in America (oh, wait, it’s an election year, never mind)

“According to the Washington Post poll, white women are more likely than white men to say that Trump doesn’t show enough respect for the people he disagrees with (74% of white women compared with 60% of white men). And far more of those white women think Trump’s personality is a major problem (52% of women versus 33% of men).”
Donald Trump’s woman problem: they don’t like him, not one little bit, by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

Whereas the rest of us have noticed he’s bugfuck crazy and dangerous, in a addition to being rude and unpleasant, which are either causes or by-products of being bugfuck crazy and dangerous depending on your point of view.

“With 546 Democratic delegates available, California is the single most influential state this primary season. And, since Sanders needs 837 extra delegates to become the Democratic nominee, he is going to need to count on Democratic Californians’ support. However, (and this will come as no surprise to anyone who has been observing voting processes in primaries so far) things are far more complicated than they first seem.”
Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by one point in new California poll, by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

I don’t care which one wins, as long as it’s one of them. Please, God, if you have any mercy left in You for the United States…

“Three recent surveys from highly rated polling firms (Marist College, Field and Public Policy Institute of California) show Bernie Sanders just 2 points behind Hillary Clinton in California. Clinton is ahead by double digits, however, in other polls, including one that has her up by 18 percentage points. It’s making for another confusing finish in a primary season that has already had plenty of them. And it’s an indication of how little we know about how Hispanic Democrats (and Asian-American Democrats) are voting this year.”
Hispanic Voters Will Decide Bernie Sanders’s Fate in California, by Nate Silver, 538, June 3, 2016

Ibid

“As Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady, I had the honor of representing America abroad and helping shape our foreign policy at home. As a candidate for President, there’s nothing I take more seriously than our national security. I’ve offered clear strategies for how to defeat ISIS, strengthen our alliances, and make sure Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. And I’m going to keep America’s security at the heart of my campaign.”

Whatever we elect our Presidents for, they end up spending most of their time on foreign policy, so we should try to elect people who know something about it. Or know they don’t know and listen to good counsel, unlike Bush II, who… oh, God, don’t get me started, please.

“And like many across our country and around the world, I believe the person the Republicans have nominated for President cannot do the job.
Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different – they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas – just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.
He is not just unprepared – he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.
This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.
We cannot put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.
This is a man who said that more countries should have nuclear weapons, including Saudi Arabia.
This is someone who has threatened to abandon our allies in NATO – the countries that work with us to root out terrorists abroad before they strike us at home.
He believes we can treat the U.S. economy like one of his casinos and default on our debts to the rest of the world, which would cause an economic catastrophe far worse than anything we experienced in 2008.
He has said that he would order our military to carry out torture and the murder of civilians who are related to suspected terrorists – even though those are war crimes.
He says he doesn’t have to listen to our generals or our admirals, our ambassadors and other high officials, because he has – quote – ‘a very good brain.’
He also said, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.’ You know what? I don’t believe him.
He says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, and he has the gall to say that prisoners of war like John McCain aren’t heroes.
Exactly.
He praises dictators like Vladimir Putin and picks fights with our friends – including the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the German chancellor, the president of Mexico and the Pope.
He says he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia.
And to top it off, he believes America is weak. An embarrassment. He called our military a disaster. He said we are – and I quote – a ‘third-world country.’ And he’s been saying things like that for decades.
Those are the words my friends of someone who doesn’t understand America or the world. (Or want to understand them [Ed; emphasis mine])
And they’re the words of someone who would lead us in the wrong direction. Because if you really believe America is weak – with our military, our values, our capabilities that no other country comes close to matching – then you don’t know America.
And you certainly don’t deserve to lead it. (Which is a terrifying thought in and of itself [Ed])
That’s why – even if I weren’t in this race – I’d be doing everything I could to make sure Donald Trump never becomes President – because I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path.”
Read Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Donald Trump and National Security, Transcript, Time, June 2, 2016

That’s m’girl!

“The violence that broke out Thursday night in San Jose, California, during and after a Donald Trump rally has raised fears that the next five months will see increasingly heightened confrontations between Trump protesters and admirers. It’s also led to the frightening thought that violent resistance to a candidacy based on the promise of violence might in some quarters be considered a rational strategy.”
Will Violent Resistance Only Help Donald Trump?, by Isaac Chotiner, Slate, June 1, 2016

I won’t go into violence by Trump supporters because it would take too long, so suffice to say, what makes America great is that on occassion when provoked or whatnot we might want to resort to violence, but we don’t, for whatever collection of reasons, WE DON’T. So let’s pull ourselves together and get on with it. This has been a Mayerson Service Announcement. (And PLEASE, this is California, we’re supposed to be laid back and mellow or something [except when it gets really hot or the Santa Ana winds are blowing, then anything can happen {and usually does}])

“Without mentioning the presumptive Republican presidential candidate by name, the first lady made one of the most sustained and potent attacks on Trump since he began his bid for the White House last year. She portrayed his brand of politics as un-American and dangerous, comparing him to world leaders ‘who stifle the voices and dismiss the potential of their citizens … who demonise and dehumanise entire groups of people because they have nothing else to offer.'”
Michelle Obama: ‘In America we don’t build walls to keep people out’, by Ed Pilkinton, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

I’m gonna miss the Obamas.

What’s the deal with the centipede meme in Donald Trump subreddit?

Heh! My question exactly!

Bonus Podcast: The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson: “The Pajama Boy Aristocracy”

Victor Davis Hanson is cranky about Pajama Boys. Personally, I prefer my own Pajama Boy because I know it’s fiction (adults only; no minors allowed).

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Our glorious Republic (if we can keep it)

“The bully pulpit was alive on CNBC today when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came in and made a few comments about how he plans to deal with Trump if he is elected president. Even though McConnell has endorsed the Republican Party nominee for president, he did say that he Donald Trump will not change the core principles of the Republican Party, which he cited most of the elected Republican officials to be just ‘right of center.'”
Republican Party will Change Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell Says, by Nick Younker, Inquisitr, June 1, 2016

You’re too late, Mitch, the transformation of the Republican party into a thing that can be led by a scoundrel like Donald Trump is a fact. And it will only get worse whether he wins in November or not because now there’s a precedent for a scoundrel worse than Trump (yes, it’s possible) to come along and “lead” what’s left of your party in the future, maybe the near future. The core principles of the Republican party went out the window when your party couldn’t find a Republican office holder who could beat Trump. I’d laugh and say you’re in a lot of trouble now if WE ALL WEREN’T IN A LOT OF TROUBLE NOW.

“Trump has said and done things that are utterly shocking by the standards of traditional political morality, but far from making him unpopular with the masses there is a sense in which he has become the toast of the people.”

“As well as trampling down the elite, Caligula was – like Trump – a conscious populist and sponsored chariot races and made a huge six-horse chariot for himself, which he would drive around Rome showing off.

“‘He did all the things that the people thought an emperor should do … they loved him for it.'”

“Treating the senate like dirt meant he was able to crush any conspiracy (and what was left of the republic [ed]) with ease.”
Donald Trump has ‘fascinating parallels’ with Caligula, says historian, by Mark Brown, The Guardian, June 1, 2016

It’s a good thing Caligula is dead or he’d sue for libel.

“For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”
An Open Letter to the American People, May 24, 2016

Bravo, writers. Don’t forget to vote in November.

In other billionaire news:
“But in interviews, former employees questioned Mr. Koch’s decision to hire Mr. Parsons in the first place, because he was suspended for five days after a 2009 Naval inspector general report accused him and his former boss of operating a ‘slush fund’ to pay for tailgate parties.

“Mr. Koch said he did not think Mr. Parsons’ record at the Naval Academy was a red flag because the government is ‘all screwed up.'”
Upheaval Amid ‘Alarming’ Revelations at William Koch’s Florida School, by Frances Robles, NY Times, June 1, 2016

“…the government is ‘all screwed up.'” Except when it’s not, as in this case.

Well, I’m registered to vote, so I guess I’ll pray because it makes me feel like I’m doing something.

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Bike Messenger of the Gods


Bike Messenger of the Gods
May 29, 2016
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12×9″

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El Trump

“Young Latinos are responding to Mr. Trump’s vision of Americans as a people of kindred blood with a vision of the United States as a place of kindred spirits. Those young Latinos are putting forward a message that might help us out of the mess we’ve made this year. If they turn out at the same rate as white millennials, they would bring an estimated more than a million new voters to the polls and might affect the results as well.”
The Real ‘Trump Effect’ for Young Latinos, by Roberto Suro, NY Times, May 27, 2016

“‘I am concerned, and I’m saddened, and I’m bewildered,’ said Luis Alvarado, a GOP media strategist who, like many other Latino officials in California, said he will not vote for Trump. ‘We had fought for every inch in changing the minds and hearts of not just fellow Latinos, but also fellow Republicans in understanding how we need to work together. And Trump comes along and everything just gets pushed aside.’

“The Republican Party’s problem with Latino voters predate Trump because of the party’s stance on immigration. GOP strategists often say that Latinos may agree with the party on social and economic issues but won’t listen to their pitch if they believe Republicans want to deport their family members.”
California Latino Republicans see Prop. 187’s ghost in Trump’s campaign, by Seema Mehta, LA Times, May 30, 2016

Well, this is disturbing. Latinos seemed like the group that would see most clearly through Trump’s bullshit. We might be in more trouble than I thought.

“…Trump’s vision of Americans as a people of kindred blood with a vision of the United States as a place of kindred spirits.”

Huh…

Some of D Trump’s kindred spirits:
5 European Leaders Who Are Kindred Spirits With Donald Trump
Of the Cheese-eating Surrender Monkey type: “Marine Le Pen is famously anti-immigration, but even she thinks Trump went a bit too far with his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States. ‘Seriously, have you ever heard me say something like that?’ she told a TV interviewer earlier in December. Not that she’s afraid of making controversial statements on migrants: Her campaign team last month put out a statement calling for the ‘eradication of bacterial immigration,’ claiming that migration was causing an ‘alarming presence of contagious diseases.'”

In Trump, Alabama Senator Finds Kindred Political Spirit
Of the senator from Alabama type:
“If Sessions has been known for anything outside of his home state in recent years, it’s been as the target of immigration advocates, who have branded him a nativist for his support of tough enforcement policies and limiting legal immigration. He was instrumental in derailing President George W. Bush’s attempts at immigration overhauls and was a leading opponent of the 2013 ‘Gang of Eight’ bill that passed in the Senate but was blocked in the House.

“‘He’s the most ardent, anti-immigrant restrictionist that you can find,’ said Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration group America’s Voice. ‘He comes from the kick-them-out-and-keep-them-out camp.'”

So, yeah, Latinos who have relatives not in the U.S. Trump wouldn’t deport your relatives… unless they got in here somehow. But I’m sure his fence would take care of that. Yeah. I’m not so sure Trump is your best candidate this year.

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The Law Market and the Trump Effect

Update 20150530: More on the Gawker lawsuite in the NY Times.

“As hedge funds put more resources into litigation financing, they’re commodifying the practice as an investment vehicle and minimizing risk by relying less on legal instincts about a specific case and more on data. “At the intersection of litigation and finance, you get people from both litigation and finance involved, neither understanding the other side,” says Toby Unwin, chief innovation officer at the big data firm Premonition. He’s trying to bridge that gap, helping lead his companies efforts to turn litigation financing into a science, by combing through court records that live in disparate databases, analyzing the success rates of specific lawyers and attempting to package and sell that information to investors.:
~snip-a-doodle~
“At the other end of the spectrum is Mighty, a company clearly inspired by Kickstarter, which takes a crowdsourced approach to litigation financing, offering a platform where individual investors (mostly other attorneys, according to company founder Joshua Schwadron) can pick and choose among potential cases in an online marketplace. Schwadron writes passionately about his company providing ‘power to the plaintiff,’ who might be otherwise unable to afford justice. He also dangles the prospects of 30 percent annual returns on investment; but, in a marketplace like this, it’s easy to see people choosing to back lawsuits because a case pulled at their heartstrings, or simply on a whim.”
Peter Thiel Isn’t the First Rich Person to Invest in a Lawsuit, by Josh Fruhlinger, Mel Magazine, May 25, 2016

Coming to a courtroom’s jammed schedule near you in the near future. I suppose this was inevitable, and in a sick way, natural. If it’s something you can make off, someone somewhere will make money off it somehow.

It’s really too bad I can’t quote from the Ntl Memo w/out getting charged by the word or a C&D (really, and fuck you Ntl Memo, you’re off the RSS reader) because Mike Tokars had a nice article there on Paul Ryan fixing a vote on LGBT discrimination by businesses with federal contracts. Tokars point was that as long as Trump is getting away with anything and everything, he’s inspiring the same kind of behavior in, well, Paul Ryan, at least. And this doesn’t cheer my sad musings on how the hell are we going to recover as a country from the Trump candidacy? God knows I was trying to ignore this election, but it’s become a nightmare I’m apparently not going to be allowed to wake up from.

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here, but I thought I’d better get my chops back up in case the good Lord does not have mercy on the United States and something unspeakable happens in November. I hope the Minute Men bloggers won’t have to swing back into action, but it’s always best to hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Or something.

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Double dream day

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After meeting Clint Eastwood in Carmel, CA…

And a not so good dream (but a great fantasy),

And on the same day, too. Weird.

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Public Art in Lincoln Heights

Not collage, but I made it anyway. Photos, 34 pages, 32 images, unlimited fun. Public Art in Lincoln Heights, as noticed by Ginger Mayerson. Also on Amazon, but you can look that up yourself.


Sample pages

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The Wolf, by Tom Neely

The Wolf is one of the best books I’ve seen in a year.

Here’s a book trailer that doesn’t do it justice, but is good nevertheless (muting the sound is okay, there’s no voiceover to miss)

The author and artist of The Wolf, Tom Neely, is selling The Wolf and many other fine publications at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend in the Zine Room right side appendix. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try: when you go into the Zine Room, head for the wall in front of you and turn right when you get there. Then turn right again and walk to the next wall in front of you (either a small or tiny walk, depending on where you entered the Zine Room), then look behind you and slightly to the left, and there’s Tom’s table. If the outside front roll-up door is open, then that’s lucky, because that’s where Tom is. Yes, complicated, and a map would help, but there isn’t one, alas. Anyway. If you can get to the fair today or tomorrow, it’s totally worth the effort. If you can’t get to the fair, then have a look at Tom’s work at his site, and get a copy of The Wolf. You’ll be glad you did!

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Ginger Mayerson Collage 2012 and 2013

Wow. 100 pages; 98 images. Ginger Mayerson Collage 2012 and 2013. Also on Amazon, but you can look that up yourself.


Sample pages

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13 years of the Hackenblog!

Yay!

Here’s where we got our start: Hackenblog 1.0

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December Postcard 5


December Postcard 5
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
4×6″

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December Postcard 4


December Postcard 4
December 12, 2015
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December Postcard 3


December Postcard 3
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
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Bow down to the IRS (heh)

“Mr. Alford, a young special agent with the Internal Revenue Service assigned to work with the D.E.A., isn’t the first person to feel unappreciated at the office. In his case, though, the information he had was crucial to solving one of the most vexing criminal cases of the last few years. While Silk Road by mid-2013 had grown into a juggernaut, selling $300,000 in heroin and other illegal goods each day, federal agents hadn’t been able to figure out the most basic detail: the identity of the person running the site.”
The Tax Sleuth Who Took Down a Drug Lord, by Nathaniel Popper, December 25, 2015

This made me really happy.

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December Postcard 2


December Postcard 2
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
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Happy New Year, everyone!

2016

And an election year… yay. Don’t forget to register to vote. Californians, I’m looking right at you. There’s hope for another chance to vote out the stupid, expensive, and barbaric death penalty we have going in this crazy State. If Governor Moonbeam won’t commute all 745 of them to life without possibility of parole (truly a fate worse than death in our prisons), then it’s up to the voters of California to get this monkey off our backs. More on this as I get it. Thank you for your attention.

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December Postcard 1


December Postcard 1
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
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6×4″

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Who Dat?

Jeff Corey, M.D.

Oh, goodness, it’s Dr. Jeff Corey, Mary’s forgotten boyfriend.

Jeff Corey, M.D.

Well, apparently not forgotten by her, so that’s good. I wonder if they’ll get married one day. He did ask her a few years ago. I haven’t forgotten, even if Mary has.

(How painful this first post after the demise of Apartment 3G is. I suppose I’ll get over it someday.)

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 6 of 6 Finale (of sorts)

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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot

Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. Let’s see how horrible it can get. Pretty damn horrible, I would say.

Day 6, last day ever: Oh, for God’s sake. Run it into the ground and leave it to bleed to death, didn’t you Bolle and Shulock? Bolle’s career is over, but anyone who’d hire Margaret Shulock to do anything should remember what she did to Apartment 3G at …read more

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 5 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 5: “So smile, Margo, and move on.” Will these be the words our heroine bestows upon us that we might face the future without fear, regret, or despair? If so, then screw you, Margo. Don’t let the screendoor hit you on the ass on your way out. Bitter? Moi?

Day 4: Finally MARGO! And this is all we get? I’m too numb to be outraged.

Day 3: “Here comes Margo!” God laughs at …read more

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 4 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 4: Finally MARGO! And this is all we get? I’m too numb to be outraged.


Day 3: “Here comes Margo!” God laughs at me and my puny hope that maybe, just maybe, this strip will have a decent ending.

In other strip ending news, Momma (have read) and Lockhorns (dislike) ended today. Thank goodness Comics Curmudgeon is on the job (unlike Shulock and Bolle, alas).
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